Like most antique dealers, Ve Nette Tivey got into the business of collecting relics as a hobby.

But her interests in sterling silver got out of hand, and she's glad they did.Tivey, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is in Utah along with 64 other exhibitors and antique dealers for Salt Lake's Fall Antiques Show and Sale in the Expo Mart, 230 W. Second South.

Walter C. Larsen, San Francisco, is producer of the show, which continues Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Tivey brought 7,000 to 7,500 pieces of flatware for her table display, including a hand-chased French fish service made in 1842.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Tivey said as she brought out many pieces of flatware and serving sets.

Chuck Hovis and his son, Bill, Carmichael, Calif., display American turn-of-the-century and Victorian-style furniture, ranging from a $65 chair to a $5,895 dental cabinet. The latter all-walnut showpiece was made in New York state and dates to about 1850.

For antique buffs who relish gazing at or buying a wide variety of items, a Kansas City antique dealer has an eyeful of exhibits, including a $35,000 French gold dore, vitrine-style cabinet, made about 1860.

Complete with curved glass sides, a glass dome and solid bronze decorative molding, the cabinet is highly ornate - to suit antique buyers with the most expensive tastes.

Also included are 10 to 12 K.P.M. (King's Porcelain Manufacturers) plaques, all copies of original paintings and ranging in price from $2,000 to $35,000. Also available are about 25 18th and 19th century Meissen porcelain figures.

Jim and Bernice Wagner, Saratoga, Wyo., enjoy showing visitors many general-store antiques. They include railroad lanterns of various vintages; a California sled, made about 1920; a jack-jumper sled, made about 1800; a dough box, used for raising bread; a rope maker, dated 1911; a whiffle tree, patented in 1895; a maple kitchen cabinet made in the mid-1800s; a chicken egg incubator; a "Little Giant" fruit juicer, patented in 1881; waffle irons made in the early 1900s; and a loggers' measure, used for determining the number of board feet in a log.

Lee Braunberger, Ridgefield, Wash., has just the thing for those who love inspecting or buying old buttons, lace, beads and a potpourri of other items.

Braunberger, who has been collecting and selling antiques for about 18 years, says she probably has the largest selection of buttons of anyone west of the Mississippi. Her collection of some 100,000 buttons includes gilded, Navajo silver, cameo-carved buttons and Italian mosaics. The list goes on and on.

Larsen, who has produced antique shows for many years in Salt Lake City, said the exhibit contains the largest collection of furniture of any show in the West. He said a number of specialists in restoring glassware, vases and other materials are at the show.

"We have some real specialists who (are available) if you have a problem with a vase. Just don't glue it together. Take it to a professional restorative artist. We have at least four different people at the show where people can get help," he said.